For the 35th time in 36 weeks, “Judge Judy” was the top rated weekday syndicated show. It drew a 7.9 household rating for the week of Feb. 22-28 to lead the pack.

“Family Feud” and “Wheel of Fortune” tied for third overall at 7.2 and shared the title of top game show. “Dr. Phil’s” 3.5 rating was the best among talk shows.

Top 25 syndicated shows (including ties) in households for Feb. 22-28, 2016

Rank Show Dist Days Household Rating Women 25-54 Rating
1 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 7.9 3.3
2 WEEKEND ADVENTURE DAL ……S 7.7 3.1
3 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 7.2 3.8
3t WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 7.2 2.5
5 JEOPARDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 6.6 2.0
6 THE BIG BANG THEORY-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 6.1 3.9
7 LAW & ORDER:SVU-WKL (AT) NBU ……S 5.1 3.4
8 THE BIG BANG THEORY WKND (AT) WB …..SS 3.9 2.4
9 MODERN FAMILY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.5 2.5
9t DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.5 1.6
11 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CTD MTWTF.. 3.4 1.7
12 FAMILY FEUD-WK (AT) 2/T ……S 3.2 1.5
13 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.1 1.3
14 LIVE WITH KELLY & MICHAEL DAD MTWTF.. 3.0 1.4
14t WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ……S 3.0 0.8
16 ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTWTF.. 2.8 1.5
17 HOT BENCH (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.7 1.0
17t TWO AND A HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 2.7 1.4
17t FAMILY GUY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……S 2.7 1.6
20 THE CLOSER (AT) WB ……S 2.4 1.1
21 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.1 1.3
21t 2 BROKE GIRLS-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 2.1 1.6
21t MIKE AND MOLLY (AT) WB MTWTF.. 2.1 1.5
21t MODERN FAMILY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……S 2.1 1.5
25 ES COURT COMBO CFE MTWTF.. 2.0 0.9
25t STEVE HARVEY (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.0 0.9
25t PEOPLE’S COURT (AT) WB MTWTF.. 2.0 0.9
25t JEOPARDY WEEKEND CTD ……S 2.0 0.5


Why do you use household ratings here but nowhere else?
Ad deals for syndicated shows are largely based on household ratings and, for daytime shows, ratings among women 25-54.

What about “The Simpsons”? “Simpsons” repeats in syndication are not counted in the weekly ratings because they don’t include any national advertising.

“Weekend Adventure” is a package of nature shows airing weekends on many ABC stations.

For syndicated shows airing on multiple days, the viewership is the average of all telecasts.

Distributor key: DAD = Disney ABC Domestic Television, SPT= Sony Pictures Television, 2/T=Twentieth Television, WB = Warner Bros., CTD = CBS Television Distribution, NBU = NBCUniversal.

AT = Additional Time/Telecasts, more than the typical number of episodes or time periods/week.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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